The Mint estimates it will cost 1.23 cents per penny and 5.73 cents per nickel this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The cost of producing a penny has risen 27% in the last year, while nickel manufacturing costs have risen 19%.
I think the average use per year of a penny is about 50. The average life of a penny is more than 20 years. So an average use of a penny is about 1000 times. So the cost of the coin per use is 0.00123 penny. This issue is too much fun. Lets have some more.